@Jakebrown i too am interested to see how this plays out. I think it is a good idea as it gives CM a more unique market position and resets the focus on high quality fonts.
The reality is that If you are selling $5 fonts CM may. Or the your ideal market anymore. That will for sure change the dynamic of CM but I think overall it will be a positive thing for creative who focus on creating high quality products.
I think those who sell products for lower pice points will eventually benefit if they are agile and willing to change their strategy up.
Shoppers who are looking for super affordable digital goods will eventually realize that CM is not the place for them so they will spend more time on other market places like Etsy for example. So now would be a good time to double down on Etsy. Which inevitable will have more traffic of the right kind of buyers.
And for those who choose to stay focused on CM they will have less competition and higher conversion rates as eventually CM will attract the right type of buyer.
I think this is a. Old and darting move that really is focused on the creator and not just some fat cat CEO wanting more money. This will for sure alienate a good amount of CMs audience. What greedy COE wants that? For sure not a money grab but a play that hopefully in the long run will work out as customers and creators start to learn that when they go to CM they will get high quality products.
Personally I feel the quality and target demographic of a lot of CM’s highlighted products has been all over the board. I believe it is creating an sutuation where trying to please everyone results in pleasing no one. I used to be excited to open the CM emails and see the latest hand picked goods. And would love every one of them. Not I’m like eh, I might like one or two products but think the rest belong on other sites.
I believe in order for CM to survive they need to reestablish their “coolness” they used to be contemporary, on trend, but not avant garde. That I believe is their sweet spot that has been lost the past little bit. I believe this change in price minimum reflects an effort to move. Ack the that sweet spot. Now the aesthetic needs to follow.
If you think about it if CM looks like Etsy, I’m just going to buy on Etsy where I can fine a 12,946,538 font pack on sale for a half a penny.
Good luck to all creators and staff over at CM. I think this is a good move but will take some time to see results and will need to be followed up with a reestablishment of CM’s “hip” aesthetic.